The Ultimate Guide to Homecoming 2021

By Emilia Palmer and Noelia Rane

It’s the month of October, and Homecoming week is coming up in less than 20 days! Here’s your guide to what’s going on for the event. 

First of all, Homecoming week will take place from October 23-29. This includes the pep rally and spirit days throughout the week.  Keep on the lookout for information about spirit days; while they haven’t all been released yet, every day of the week there will be a different theme as to how to dress up at school, ending with class shirts on Friday. The parade and football game will be on the 29th and the dance will be on the 30th.

The pep rally will be held from 1:20-2:45 pm, ending the school day and beginning the main festivities for Homecoming! You can expect to see a performance from the dance team, cheerleaders, band, as well as the debut of the Homecoming Court. Juniors and seniors will both be able to vote for who they believe should be Homecoming King and Queen.

For both the parade and game, make sure to get there quite early for the most convenience. Parking will be incredibly difficult leading up to both, with thousands of people being expected to come. It’s recommended to get there around 4-5:30 pm. The parade will feature the Homecoming court, marching band, dance team, cheerleaders, and the class floats, a unique aspect of Garnet Valley homecomings! If you want to get involved with making class floats, make sure to talk to your class officers for information on when the meetings for such are held. After the parade at 7:00 pm, the football game will begin with our school against Lower Merion.

The queen will be announced after the marching band’s halftime show.

The next day will be the homecoming dance.

Rules and Regulations:

Due to COVID, the rules for homecoming this year have changed slightly. The most important rules to note are the need for a mask if you wish to enter the building, and no re-entry if you leave the dance early. 

The dance, which is on Saturday, October 30th, will be held in the front parking lot from 5:30-8:30 pm. Due to the date and time of day, it will be important to bring warm clothing in order to ensure your safety and comfort at the dance.

Outside guests are allowed, but only with the completion of the Outside Guest Form, which can be found in the front office. The form needs to be given back to the front office by Friday, October 15. 

Tickets will be available for purchase in the cafeteria during both lunches from October 18-22.

Here are the other rules in place for this year’s homecoming dance:

  • All tickets must be purchased prior to the event
  • No bags are permitted
  • Masks are required for bathroom use and entry into the school

Drop off and Pick up:

Students who are driving themselves to the dance will enter from Bethel Road and park in the stadium parking lot. Students will exit through the Smithbridge Road exit.

Parent drop-off and pick-up will be in the ValleyPoint church parking lot.

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